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What We’ve Been Up To; Orders & Markets for 7/6

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Not the usual opening picture you are all used to, this is our way of explaining our absence from market last weekend and the unusual ordering schedules of late. Turns out that Dan doesn’t just grow vegetables – he also officiates weddings! (Can you even recognize him above?)

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We welcomed our new South Korean sister-in-law into the family, learned some things about how to cook vegetables Korean-style, had a grand time, and returned home to beauty and vibrant growth.

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We also made all family members take a pledge to not plan any future weddings for June: It’s a very difficult time to leave the farm. Here’s a glimpse of what June activities include around here:

– Seeding trays upon trays of thousands of baby plants (same rate as spring) for later transplanting into the ground

– Preparing beds in the field to receive transplants ready to go in the ground (ok – this is technically on the list but has been completely impossible for the past couple of weeks because of all this rain!)

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– Picking vegetables every day 

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– Weeding like mad

– Treating pests and disease like crazy

In other words, this is the time of year when everything is happening. In the fall, winter, and spring there are items removed from that list, or the tasks are less demanding. But it is all in full swing right now, and therefore very tough to leave. But when our kids are to be three precious dolls in a wedding ceremony, we pack up and head out.

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Then we return home and adjust back to different kinds of gorgeousness:DSC_0288

And get back to our kind of eating: TONS of vegetables, cooked and raw, with spices and protein added. Our new Korean family is reminding us to eat vegetables for breakfast (pull out those dinner leftovers and chow down on some real vitamins in the morning!) and add red pepper to everything! Other tips: Try cucumber slices dipped in red pepper paste; Serve kimchi alongside every meal; Wrap just about any meal in a lettuce leaf, top with tomatoes, and eat like a wrap; Saute up a load of veggies (cabbage, squash, eggplant, pepper, carrot, scallion) with butter, soy sauce, and garlic-chili sauce. (Our garlic is pulled and drying!)

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This week’s harvest includes:

Beets, Chard, Carrots, Cucumbers (green slicing as well as Salt & Pepper minis), Eggplant, Green Beans, Curly Kale, Lettuce (green or red), Okra, Peppers (Bell, Padrone, Hugarian Wax, Anaheim, Jalapeno), Potatoes (red and yukon gold), Salad Mix, Scallions, Summer Squash, Sunflower Bouquets (mixed and straight), Tomatoes…and Multigrain Bread and Eggs.

Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online StoreEveryone else: Everything on our tables at the farmers’ markets are available for you to purchase and enjoy. Please do!

We will be at to the South of the James market  and Brandermill Green Market this weekend and every weekend this season until they close. Market Share CSA members may place an order for pick up at the farm, SOJ or BGM market, or simply show up at our booth to spend your credit.

Want to Get Your Hands Dirty?
All this wonderful rain is allowing plants to grow beautifully around here. That includes the weeds! (Okay – our ill-timed vacation hasn’t hurt the weeds’ progress.) If you want to get down on your knees and relieve our sweet potato plants of weed competition, send us an email and we’ll coordinate a time.

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And just so you know that this farm family can clean up from time to time, we leave you with this final family photo:

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Enjoy ~

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